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Underwood votes to reopen federal government

Freshman congresswoman said she wants to protect vulnerable Illinois families

Lauren Underwood
Lauren Underwood

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, voted this week to reopen parts of the federal government the shutdown has affected.

She joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to pass appropriation bills to fund the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a statement from Underwood’s office.

“The people of the Illinois 14th [District] deserve a fully functioning federal government,” Underwood said in the statement.

She stressed the services these departments provide to residents of her district, which stretches from northwestern Will County up to McHenry County.

The FDA and USDA inspect food and prevent public health epidemics. The USDA also provides vulnerable families with benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Transportation works to ensure air travel and highway transportation safety. HUD works to protect consumers and ensure quality, affordable housing.

“I believe in governing responsibly and will not allow the hard working people of Illinois to be held hostage by this political stunt to shut down critical government agencies,” Underwood said.

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